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iOS 9 update to require just 1.3GB of free space

Apple has responded to recent grumbles, revealing that the imminent iOS 9 update will require just 1.3GB of free space for installation.

With iOS 8 having caused widespread issues with its bulky, 4.6GB requirements – more than many entry-level iPhone and iPad owners had spare – the Cupertino-based company has cut things back this time around.

With this software update, we want everyone to get iOS 9,” Craig Frederighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering joked.

Revealed the 1.3GB iOS 9 download size, he added: “Now, we think everyone is going to get iOS 9.

iOS 9 was outlined during the company’s annual developers conference, WWDC, today, June 8.

The upcoming iPhone and iPad software will be introduced this autumn – presumably alongside the heavily rumoured iPhone 6S – bringing a number of new features.

Set to expand the iPhone’s battery by up to an hour through improved management, iOS 9 will also introduce a smarter Siri.

Echoing Google Now, Siri will soon understand context, offering users more detailed help on a number of search and command options.

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For tablet users, split screen multitasking is to be introduced for the first time, helping Apple’s market-leading slates better stave off the competition from the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

Further iOS 9 additions include improved HomeKit support and updates to Maps which will see transit systems included for the first time.

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